Author Marianne Williamson announces potential presidential bid, immediately comes to Iowa

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Video still of Marianne Williamson announcing the formation of her exploratory committee, Nov. 15, 2018.

There are still 444 days until the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, but like Christmas decorations in stores in October, presidential hopefuls are already appearing in the state. Marianne Williamson, who announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a possible presidential campaign on Thursday, is in Iowa for a series of meet-and-greets and house parties in Des Moines and Winterset this weekend.

In an online message about her Iowa visit, Williamson writes, “With the midterms over, it’s time to start co-creating the next chapter in American history.”

Williamson is a best-selling author, and has written many books that emphasize the spiritual aspects of a range of topics including weight loss (A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever), personal finance (The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles), relationships (Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships) and politics (Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens). She was a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and lectures widely.

“For the last year I have held within my heart the idea of running for President of the United States,” Williamson wrote in a letter posted on her exploratory committee’s site. She goes on to explain:

Our political circumstances are not simply a product of external policies, but even more so of internal dynamics like fear, desperation, hope and yearning. The mindset of the current political establishment neither acknowledges nor understands the deeper emotional and psychological rivers that underlie political forces on the move today.

I do.

In 2014, Williamson, a California resident, ran as an independent in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat incumbent Democratic congressman Henry Waxman. LA Weekly described her agenda as “a fairly standard progressive to-do list: Overturn Citizens United; rein in food companies like Monsanto; halt the extension of the Keystone pipeline; block the United States’ entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that she says will ‘trump national sovereignty’ (an argument many make against the World Trade Organization); and stop drone strikes, surveillance programs and wars of aggression.”

If her issues weren’t unusual for a Los Angeles-area Democrat, her campaign rhetoric was. “I want us all to look at this campaign as a collective act of love,” she told voters.

It’s a statement she echoes in the video announcing the formation of her exploratory committee.

After saying Americans need to “push back against all forces which would repudiate the principles on which we stand,” Williamson continues,

If I run, that’s what this is going to be about. It’s going to be a co-creative effort — an effort of love and a gift of love to our country, and hopefully to our world, by which we take the United States of America back to the truth of who we are.

In the video and letter on her Marianne Williamson for America site, the potential candidate focuses on “paradigms” and “mindsets,” rather than issues. But in October, Pat Rynard of Iowa Starting Line attended a small gathering in Polk City during which Williamson talked about a variety of issues.

The Sunday event opened with a poem reading from a supporter, and her speech and lengthy discussion with attendees ping-ponged between national and historical topics, and included occasional quotes from Gandhi, Adam Smith and Louis Brandeis. She touched briefly on a variety of issues, from the Clean Air Act, to slavery reparations, to mass incarceration to pesticides.

But by and large, Williamson laid out a vision for the country based on a set of very progressive policy ideas. She focused in on many economic inequality topics that [Bernie] Sanders highlighted during his run [Williamson was a prominent Sanders supporter in 2016], and knocked the Democratic Party for getting too close to corporate donors.

Although she may focus more on spiritual matters of a non-biblical variety more than a typical candidate, Williamson is also a practical campaigner. By setting up an exploratory committee, she can accept donations while essentially campaigning, without that money counting against donor contribution limits imposed on an official candidate. Prominently displayed between the video and the letter on Williamson’s site is a large pink “Donate” button.

The Iowa Democratic caucuses will be held on Feb. 3, 2020. Two candidates have already formally declared as presidential candidates: Congressman John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat, and President Donald Trump.

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  1. You are the miracle we need for America Marianne! You have my uncinditional support and love. God bless you!

  2. Dear Marianne. You are the one we have been waiting for. You are an amazing woman and I am grateful and thankful you are considering running for president. I would love to be a part of your campaign committee. God bless you. ❤️

  3. Hi Marianne. I am impressed and a little bit in love with you. You are a massive inspiration and give us all hope. You have my support too. With love from the U.K. X

  4. Dear Marianne

    I am not a citizen of the United States but I am a citizen of our shared world and we so need to reclaim that which is being suppressed and distorted, i.e., our humanity and connection to our deeper selves, each other (including non-human beings), and our planet. Please do run for president. The USA and our world would be in safe hands and balance would be restored. In turn, this would result in us having a much better chance of addressing the crises in which find ourselves.

    May the heavens align to make this happen!

  5. Wow! This is what our world needs. A leader guiding us in truth behind the illusions of our times. Someone bringing this world back to the core of who we epreally are. You’ve got my support!

  6. Beloved sister Marianne.
    The world and mother earth are in gratitude for your alignment , your soul calling.
    I honor you and already see you as High Preistess / President .
    The long time joke of politicians is over.
    I support you.
    You are a Mirical of Love ..
    We need you
    Janine Seymour .. global citizen

  7. With loving wisdom, great character and integrity, unparalled potential for leadership, Marianne Williamson excites more enthusiasm in me than any candidate I have witnessed! You have my undying support… and I am confident that I speak for my entire family and many of my friends. Your rare kindness and humility will be a refreshing Springtime breath of air in the political landscape!

  8. Thank you for caring so much. And thank you for courageously speaking out about injutice & misguided policies.
    Your clear voice & leadership is important to the maintenance of our country’s democrasy.
    America, America God/good shed thy grace on thee & crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea

  9. This is in keeping with the prophecy of the rising of the condor (feminine) energy.
    Human consciousness is changing. Go for it, and millions of us will support you.

  10. Your such an inspiration and a true representation of a woman and what a future president should be. You’ve got my vote!

  11. Thank you for taking a bold step to continue raising the level of our political and social discourse. Many of us have, for too long, been separating our spiritual sensibilities from our political and social responsibilities. You demonstrate, by taking this step, that this no longer need be true. I pray that I and many like me find the light and strength to follow your example.

  12. The time just might be right now. John Hagelin was out of the right time in 2000 but would have made an amazing president and Maryanne has the same quality. She will be fantastic.


  13. If this country is going to move away from deception, dishonesty; and the pretense of being of service for ALL of its people, then it can not continue in the same ways that it has been moving. Marianne Williamson is one who is a force of integrity, honesty and love. She has the ability to to see beyond the limits of the (ir)rational and limiting mindset and to speak with clarity and precision. If she takes on this calling, then it is because she has something truly valuable to give to the United States and the world.

  14. For the first time ever you will have my attention in the political realm. Your light is exactly what this world needs and the timing couldn’t be more prefect. Thank you for not playing small and choosing to run. I look forward to supporting you.

  15. Please run. You have renewed my faith in politics. And, honestly, it’s been calling me a little of late.

  16. The new world order needs your leadership! Your strongest message in a campaign should be re-creating our government “for the people, of the people and by the people”. That premise is the strength which built our country. Our current path is unsustainable. Bring the salvation our country needs!

  17. Is this a joke? I use to admire Marianne Williamson until now. Unbelievable!!! What a waste of divine energy. This is not realistic, it’s fantasy. President? Of what? Not our country, God forbid.

  18. My body began to literally vibrate as I learned of this. My support and best wishes are with you and all concerned

  19. THIS is what happens after the bar has been set so LOW. At least Oprah had to good sense to decline to run. Haven’t we learned anything from putting someone in the highest political position in the land with ZERO political experience? Yes, I have read some of her books. Yes, they were helpful. But that wont help you when you are face to face with say, Putin. “Just close your eyes and think positive thoughts. Think of your happy place.”

  20. I am so inspired by your words Marianne!! Yes we are the majority and yes we can and will fight back to make this country what it should be…. you have my vote

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